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How Carol came to be the Most Powerful Queer Film in Years

WARNING: Below are spoilers for the ending of Carol “Please believe that I would do anything to see you happy and so I do the only thing I can – I release you.”– Carol to Therese Upon this very written line in a letter from one forbidden lover to another, if one had not already seen Carol, this could be presumed to be the final line spoken before the untimely end of one of the two female leads. This isn’t how Carol ends, even though every other queer drama would make you think so. This is perhaps the greatest and most poignant thing about both the movie and the novel that came out sixty years before it. Very few, if any, queer literature or cinema presents a happy ending or an ending where the couple presumably ends up together in the end, as Carol does. Recent films such as Weekend (2011) and Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) present immediate and instant connections between their leads as Carol does, but take place far more in …

Dream On : Representing the Unique, the Different, and the Diverse

There’s no denial that people of a minority can feel they are alone in their feelings. Everyone has  those days they face where it truly feels like no one else can understand where they come from. Who they are. What they want others to know. What they want others to understand. Very often it is incredibly hard to deal with these complex feelings. Such thoughts and complete disbelief in oneself can easily lead to dark places. At the same time, being a minority and knowing there are others all around you that face the same situations and completely different ones alike, can be completely uplifting. This is what I attempt to communicate in the film I created, “Dream On”: Originally made for a Video Installation project that was displayed on my campus, “Dream On” focuses on the interior mindscape of nine diverse students. Looking upon these nine young adults (including myself) across the regions of race, gender, and sexuality, the film attempts to show the positive and the negative thoughts that may arise with one’s …